BA IN HUMAN SERVICES
What is Human Services?
The field of Human Services is broadly defined yet focuses on the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base and demonstration of effective human relationship skills which address client, project, agency, and/or organizational goals. The Human Services profession is one that promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery. Services are provided during prevention, intervention, and remediation phases depending upon the goals of a particular organization.
The primary purpose of the human service worker is to assist individuals and communities to function as effectively as possible in the major domains of living. A strong moral commitment to serving others is an important consideration for a job as a human services worker. Individuals who show patience, understanding, and caring in their dealings with others and critical thinking, adaptive problem solving, and communication skills allowing them to understand various perspectives or views are highly valued by employers. Other important personal traits include communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively. The Human services program is designed to meet the standards and competencies outlined by the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS), and the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE)
Areas of Emphasis
The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services has six emphasis areas. Students may select one of the five distinct emphasis areas or declare a general focus in place of an emphasis:
Six Human Services Emphasis
Human Services with a Substance Use & Recovery Emphasis
Human Services with a Military & Veteran Support Emphasis
Human Services with a Rehabilitative Services Emphasis
Human Services with a Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) Emphasis
Human Services with a Social & Emotional Wellness Emphasis
Human Services with a General Emphasis
Students who elect the general track in place of a distinct emphasis will choose a course from each emphasis area (5 courses) plus an upper level COUN or LEAD elective of choice (1 course) to obtain the 18-credit-hour requirement.